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For the students and families who attend our presentations for the Discover WVU events in fall 2020, thank you! Here you can find the helpful information, tips, and websites shared during the presentation.

For more information on Discover WVU, visit the Discover WVU Open House website.

Follow the WVU Mountaineer Hub on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for scholarship opportunities, money tips, and important reminders that can help students and families stay on track for financial aid, scholarships, billing, and more!

Also see our special Parents page that addresses financial aid topics that parents and families often have questions on.


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What Is the Mountaineer Hub?

Your connection to:

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How Will You Hear From Us?

Emails for student accounts and billing, financial aid and scholarships, and Federal Work-Study are sent from the WVU Mountaineer Hub to students’ WVU MIX email via their WVU Portal.

Students can set their MIX email to forward to their personal email or set it up on their mobile devices. It is crucial that students pay attention to notices from the Mountaineer Hub because they could be about financial aid or a balance due.

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What Are Some Common Types of Financial Aid?

Grants:

  • "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
  • Most grants based on financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - although some grants have also have an academic or merit component

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Scholarships:

  • "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
  • Most scholarships are based on academic merit - although some have a financial need component

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Federal Work-Study:

  • Part-time employment opportunity
  • Based on financial need determined by the FAFSA (must be submitted by the March 1 priority deadline for the upcoming aid year)
  • Does not apply to bill; student works and earns a paycheck

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Loans:

  • Borrowed aid from the federal government or private lenders that must be repaid with interest
  • Federal student loans up to $5500 per year may be offered to freshmen based on submission of the FAFSA
    • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • There are also credit-based loans students and parents may apply for from the federal government, institutional, or private lenders that can help with educational costs
  • Students/parents are not required to take loans, but if a student needs them to achieve their educational goals and invest in their future, a loan is an option to consider. However, only borrow what you need. Live like a college student while in college to keep debt down as much as possible.

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Apply for Federal Aid

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the myStudentAid app (download on the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play) or on the Federal Student Aid website
  • FAFSA is required for federal aid, but sometimes state, institutional, or private aid can also require a valid FAFSA
  • Available NOW for Fall 2021 and must be submitted every year
  • 2021-2022 FAFSA asks for 2019 tax information
  • The priority deadline is March 1, but the sooner the better! Financial aid is a process so students should submit their FAFSA early to allow themselves as much time as possible to go through the process and plan and prepare for the upcoming fall.
  • Check with your home state for additional deadlines for state-specific funds
  • Helpful sites:

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Federal Student Aid ID

  • Login for federal sites
  • Create at fsaid.ed.gov
  • Needed by student and one parent
  • Used to apply for financial aid with the FAFSA
  • It is very important that the student and parent sign up for their own. As part of the terms of creating an FSA ID, individuals agree that they will not share their login information and that they are setting up the account for themselves. For full Terms and Conditions as well as other frequently asked questions, see the FSA ID FAQs website.
  • Find helpful videos on our Preparing for the FAFSA page

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Financial Aid Is a Process

It is important to know that financial aid is a process. A student doesn't just apply for aid and then everything is done. There are almost always additional steps.

  1. Student completes the FAFSA to apply for financial aid
  2. Student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) if they provided an email address on their FAFSA that will show their FAFSA information, estimated federal aid and if there are issues that need corrected
  3. WVU notifies the student through their MIX email (via their WVU Portal) if additional requirements are needed - such as correcting their FAFSA, providing missing information on their FAFSA, or submitting additional documentation
  4. If necessary, student makes required updates to the FAFSA or provides requested requirements
  5. Student is notified of financial aid offer
  6. Student accepts or declines their financial aid online
  7. WVU notifies student of additional requirements after aid is accepted (if any)
  8. Student completes additional requirements (if any), such as entrance counseling and loan agreements (or Master Promissory Notes) for first-time federal loan borrowers
  9. Aid that is ready to pay (no outstanding requirements) disburses to the student's account around the start of the semester

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State Aid

  • Research and apply for aid from your state higher education agency (if available)
  • West Virginia residents have various scholarship and grant opportunities through the College Foundation of WV
  • Non-residents should contact their state higher education agency to see if there are state aid options that they can use while attending WVU. Find contact information for your state on the U.S. Department of Education State Contacts website.
  • Most state aid also requires a FAFSA and has submission deadlines

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Institutional Scholarships

  • Currently range from $750 per year to full cost of attendance
  • Automatic review process once you are admitted
  • We super-score for ACT or SAT scores submitted
  • For eligible WV residents, most can be “stacked” on top of PROMISE (i.e. provided in addition to PROMISE)
  • May 1 admission deadline for scholarship consideration (January 18 for Bucklew and Foundation)
  • For scholarship consideration or adjustments, updated high school transcripts and test scores are accepted until July 15, 2021 for first-time students admitted by the May 1 admission deadline for fall 2021
  • Monitor mountaineerhub.wvu.edu for updates because sometimes scholarship deadlines for admission or updated GPA/test scores are extended
  • Visit the First-time Freshman Scholarships at WVU website to estimate your eligibility for institutional scholarships!

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Departmental Scholarships

  • Apply for scholarship based on program of study
  • Some college departments follow the Automatic Review Process (like institutional scholarships), including admission deadlines
  • Some college departments require an additional application and have different deadlines
  • Visit the Departmental or College Scholarships page for potential options

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External (Private) Scholarships

  • Information on departmental scholarship opportunities, third-party or private scholarships, and scholarship search engines can be found on our Scholarships page
  • There are various scholarship resources students can explore such as:
    • High school counselors
    • Local businesses
    • Alumni associations
    • Libraries
    • Churches
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Scholarship search engines

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Scholarship Tips

  • Keep applying for scholarships throughout your college journey, not just for freshman year!
  • Apply early, often, and for everything! Don’t skip the “small” stuff.
  • It is in the student’s best interest to apply for scholarships themselves
  • When using a search engine, narrow your search by your major, hobbies, interests, location, heritage, high school and upcoming college enrollment levels (i.e. junior, senior, freshman)
  • Beware of scams (requesting Social Security number, fees, guarantees to win)
  • Be aware of deadlines (usually early like fall or spring for the following year)
  • Think of your search like a job and set aside time each week
  • More available on our Tips on Applying for Scholarships page

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What Are Some Other Options To Reduce Cost or Fund Educational Expenses?

What if federal, state, and institutional aid don't cover the student's bill? Visit our Other Funding Options page for more options, such Family Contribution Appeals and our monthly payment plan.

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Timeline for Early Fall 2020

To prepare for the fall 2021 semester:

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Contact Information

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